July 2015
Creativity @ BuffCon2015
Let your creativity be inspired by the place that
invented brainstorming: Buffalo, New York 

C3 Connect-Collaborate-Create presents the latest on creating communities of innovation and features a close up visit to one of the top innovation districts in the world-- our host: the Buffalo Niagara Medical District

September 29-October 2

UCSC FirstHand Program 
 Accepts Award at White House

by Jeanne Mell and Kristen Fitch

The University City Science Center's FirstHand program has won a 2015 STEM Mentoring Award. Representatives of the FirstHand program travelled to The White House on July 23 to accept the award for "Most Innovative Hands-On Project" from the US2020 Program. FirstHand - which engages middle-school students in career-focused hands-on learning experiences with the STEAM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math - was also a finalist in the Volunteer Experience category.

APLU Names 18 Innovation & 

Economic Prosperity Universities   


In recognition of a strong commitment to economic engagement, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) designated 18 public institutions in the 2015 class of Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities. The designation acknowledges universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development.

Wake Forest Moves into the Future 

By Fran Daniel, Winston-Salem Journal
Its gradual shift from a research park to an innovation district in recent years has put Wake Forest Innovation Quarter on a path to developing a work, live, learn and play culture and community in Winston-Salem.

But what's ahead for this innovation district and what challenges does it face, particularly with so many innovation districts on the rise in the country?

Host Proposals Sought for
AURP's 2017 Conference
Would you like to highlight your university research park by hosting AURP's 2017 International Conference? As the host park, you'll be recognized as a leader and attract worldwide attention to the exciting progress and success of your region.

General Information & Background

To be considered, submit your proposal electronically to [email protected].

Please submit by September 9, 2015

Mark Your Calendar

March 7-11, 2016

Tempe, Arizona

Tempe Mission Palms  


June 6, 2016

San Francisco, California

Thank You, AURP
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Are you starting a new innovation community ---- a new park or an innovation district? Perhaps you have an existing park or a district facing challenges ---- one that could benefit from a repositioning.

AURP's Creating Communities of Innovation is an on-site workshop that brings together important stakeholders to learn from AURP's successful park and innovation district creators and partners how to make your university's community of innovation as successful as it can be ---- whether your innovation community is in its beginning stages or needs repositioning. Each program is custom designed to address your unique questions and concerns.

To find out more information, please email Eileen Walker at [email protected].

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